You should pay attention to your moles, however, and watch for any changes as you age. Our dermatologist at Piedmont Plastic Surgery & Dermatology can evaluate your moles to ensure they do not pose a health problem.

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What are Moles?

Moles often begin as a dark brown spot and are created when clusters of melanin (skin pigment) form. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the average person has between ten and forty moles. Most moles are brown in color, but they come in all shapes and sizes. They are typically round or oval in shape with a size smaller than the diameter of a pencil eraser. Moles can develop anywhere on the body and can change over the course of a lifetime.

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When are Moles Cause for Concern?

When a new mole appears in adulthood or begins to change in shape and size, that’s when it’s time to consult your dermatologist. Changing moles are often the first sign of melanoma and should be examined. There is a general guide (ABCDE) to determining whether your mole is harmless or if you should get it evaluated by our dermatologist.

  • A stands for asymmetrical shape. If one half of your mole is different than the other half, it could be cause for concern.
  • B stands for border. Unhealthy moles have scalloped, uneven, or irregular borders.
  • C stands for color. Your moles should have an even color which doesn’t change over time.
  • D stands for diameter. New moles larger than ¼ inch can raise a red flag.
  • E stands for evolving. If your moles change in shape, size, color, or thickness, or if your mole turns black, this can be a sign that something is awry.
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How are Moles Treated?

While most moles do not require treatment, your dermatologist can remove them for cosmetic reasons or to have them sent to a laboratory to ensure they are not cancerous.

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974 SouthPoint Road, Suite D
Belmont NC 28012

Phone: 704-755-8020

Fax: 704-755-8021


5815 Blakeney Park Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: 704-542-2220

Fax: 704-542-3304


309 S. Sharon Amity Road, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28211

Phone: 704-344-8846

Fax: 704-344-9844

Charlotte/7th St

2615 East 7th St
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: 704-295-0000

Fax: 704-295-0005


7476 Waterside Loop Road #600
Denver, NC 28037

Phone: 704-601-4381

Fax: 704-822-5997

Forest City

651 Withrow Road
Forest City, NC 28043

Phone: 828-288-1204

Fax: 828-288-1205

Gastonia/937 Cox Road

937 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-898-8014

Fax: 704-898-8018

Gastonia/959 Cox Road

959 Cox Road
Gastonia, NC 28054

Phone: 704-866-7576

Fax: 704-866-0106

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 100

315 19th St. SE, Building 100
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-325-9849

Fax: 828-325-9879

Hickory/Tate Blvd. Building 200

315 19th St. SE, Building 200
Hickory, NC 28602

Phone: 828-328-3500

Fax: 828-328-8777


13539 Reese Blvd W.
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: 704-892-4878

Fax: 704-892-7453


105 Delta Park Drive
Shelby, NC 28150

Phone: 704-484-0464

Fax: 704-482-0308

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